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Fall Getaway in the Great Northern Catskills: Frederick Edwin Church’s Olana

Fall Getaway in the Great Northern Catskills: Frederick Edwin Church’s Olana

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Just over the Rip Van Winkle Bridge from the Thomas Cole National Historic Site (#1 on the Hudson River School Art Trail), you see this grand mansion perched on the hillside, poking out from…

Fall Getaway in the Catskills: Thomas Cole National Historic Site is Site #1 on the Hudson River School Art Trail

Fall Getaway in the Catskills: Thomas Cole National Historic Site is Site #1 on the Hudson River School Art Trail

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com The first thing you notice about the Thomas Cole House, “Where American Art Was Born,” is the view from his porch – out to the ridges of the Catskills Mountains, the Hudson River curving…

‘Monkey Business’ Documentary Paints Touching Portraits of ‘Curious George’ Creators Hans & Margret Rey

‘Monkey Business’ Documentary Paints Touching Portraits of ‘Curious George’ Creators Hans & Margret Rey

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com Unlike Ema Ryan Yamazaki, the director of the new documentary “Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators,” who became enchanted with Curious George as a child in Japan, I only became a fan…

Mansions on Fifth Historic Hotel is Steps Away from Pittsburgh’s Top Cultural Attractions

Mansions on Fifth Historic Hotel is Steps Away from Pittsburgh’s Top Cultural Attractions

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com I must admit to relishing my stay in Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood, where I am staying at Mansions on Fifth, two mansion homes originally built in the early 1900s by Willis F. McCook, a prosperous…

Alan Gilbert, in His Final Season Leading NY Philharmonic, Conducts Big Hug-and-Kiss to New Yorkers in Free Parks Concerts

  By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com   This year’s New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Parks – its 52nd summer – provided a way to say farewell to Music Director Alan Gilbert. The series, presented for the past 11…

Fifth Avenue Museum Mile Festival Showcases Exhibits Not to Be Missed This Summer in NYC

Fifth Avenue Museum Mile Festival Showcases Exhibits Not to Be Missed This Summer in NYC

  By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com   Even if you were unable to get to the once-a-year Museum Mile Festival along Fifth Avenue on June 13, when six museums (some of them with pricey admissions) throw their doors…

San Francisco Goes All Out With Special Events, Exhibitions Marking 50th Anniversary of Summer of Love

San Francisco Goes All Out With Special Events, Exhibitions Marking 50th Anniversary of Summer of Love

By Karen Rubin, Travel Features Syndicate, goingplacesfarandnear.com  Wes Leslie’s Wild San Francisco Summer of Love Musical Walking Tour finishes only a couple of blocks down from the entrance to Golden Gate Park (see story), which played such a role in the…